Original Post From Igbalaye Olayemi
When we talk about blogging, we know that it is a very popular way of expressing oneself. Long gone are the days when people used to keep personal diaries and jot down on notepads to later look over and reminisce whether their thoughts had the potential to become great pieces of writing or not. Exit the days of yore and enter the days of the tech revolution.
Even before the idea of blogging became something almost like a commercial pastime, people were keeping live journals and posting whatever they wrote online. Then came along Google, and other search engines, which gave even the most obscure piece of text published on the internet a chance of being a potential audience winner- -with the right publishing strategy of course. And then tech evolution brings us to the current state of things. Blogging is supported and encouraged not only through different web platforms but also with the help of cell phone apps. So just about everyone who can read or write has a chance to share their knowledge with the world.
With the popularity of blogging reaching new heights, we saw the emergence of popular blogging platforms. Amongst these is WordPress and Blogger (blogspot.com). WordPress has gained a lot of popularity over the years and is named as the world’s largest open source blog tool and self hosted publishing platform. Now Blogger is the brainchild of Google and is basically an online application for creating web pages that can support content such as videos, texts, presentations, etc.
Which One is better?
This is probably the million dollar question for new users when it comes to picking a platform to start blogging on. As far as ease of usage, both are admittedly easy to handle and require minimum technical skill. However, users have reported that Google Sites is good for starters as it displays more intuitiveness whereas WordPress is good for later stages of blogging expertise. Further both are free and both offer you chances of monetizing your blogs by incorporating money making programs into them which is an added bonus for anyone.
Each platform has its own advantages and is good for various functions. Both allow collaboration but Blogger’s ease in the matter makes it more suited for team work or small personal sites. It’s also good for sharing with smaller groups of individuals like family and friends. WordPress is a great full throttle website because of its design and layout features. It also has the potential for transforming into a fully functional high end website thanks to its advanced code and functionality. Blogger has been criticized security wise for removing many accounts thanks to spamming and of course it must since it is Google owned (ironic when you think of rampant and persisting Android spyware problems) and has a repute to maintain.
Now the thing is more than 50% blogs out there are by WordPress and of course this means some tough competition for Google. Even when users start out with Blogger, they eventually start out with it and then make the shift to WordPress. Not to mention about 99% of spammers stick to WordPress in order to avoid Google penalization –this of course is nothing but a thorn in Google’s side. Is Google doing anything about it? Well some claim that Google is penalizing WordPress users by changing their site rankings where there has been any doubt ofpolicy violation but so far none of it has been proven. Nonetheless, if there is any truth to this more cases for investigation will surface in the near future.
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